ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Waffle Iron Turkey Melt Panini

Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Lindsey Lower


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

This playful turkey melt's abundant crisp crevices and gooey interior will have the whole family wondering, "What can we waffle next?"  


  • 4 center-cut bacon slices
  • 3 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 (1-ounce) slices whole-grain or whole-wheat bread
  • 8 ounces unsalted sliced deli turkey (such as Boar's Head)
  • 8 (1/8-inch-thick) slices tart apple (such as Granny Smith)
  • 4 (1-ounce) slices reduced-fat colby-Jack cheese
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 369
  • fat 14.2 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • monofat 2.2 g
  • polyfat 2.1 g
  • protein 33 g
  • carbohydrate 29 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 45 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 743 mg
  • calcium 303 mg
  • sugars 6 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 3 g

How to Make It

  1. Preheat a waffle iron with 4 compartments to HIGH.

  2. Place a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Arrange bacon on paper towel; cover with an additional paper towel. Microwave bacon at HIGH for 4 minutes or until done.

  3. Combine mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl. Spread about 1 1/4 teaspoons mayonnaise mixture over each bread slice. Divide bacon, turkey, apple slices, and cheese evenly among 4 bread slices; top with remaining bread slices, spread side down. Lightly coat both sides of sandwiches with cooking spray. Place 1 sandwich in each compartment of waffle iron; close waffle iron firmly on sandwiches. Place a heavy skillet on top of waffle iron to help flatten sandwiches evenly. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown and cheese melts.